“Approved”: Felix Auger-Aliassime Pokes Fun at Tesla Owner Elon Musk

Published 01/28/2021, 7:05 AM EST
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – APRIL 16: Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada plays a backhand against Juan Ignacio Londero of Argentina in their first round match during day 3 of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters at Monte-Carlo Country Club on April 16, 2019 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


It is an exciting week for space enthusiasts, as SpaceX’s Starship SN9 is expected to fly very soon. However, the rocket cannot hop until they receive approval from the Federal Aviation Association (FAA). Now, since the Canadian tennis star Felix Auger-Aliassime also has the same initials as the agency, he has given Elon Musk the green signal.

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Primarily, the launch was scheduled on Monday, January 25, but got delayed due to unsuitable weather conditions. The next day, SpaceX’s founder, Elon Musk, tweeted that they are set for Wednesday afternoon given that they receive FAA’s approval.

Elon tweeted, “We’re hoping for FAA approval of a test flight tomorrow afternoon.” The Canadian World No. 21 did not want the space genius to wait any longer.

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So instead of waiting for the official confirmation, Felix wrote, “Approved.” ATP Tour then said to Elon Musk that this was the only approval they needed.

The launch will take place at the South Texas Launch Site, Boca Chica Beach, United States. Netizens are growing increasingly anxious to witness the space spectacle.

On the other side, the 20-year-old is also looking forward to starting his 2021 season. Presently, in quarantine in Melbourne Park, Felix Auger-Aliassime will launch his year at the Australian Open 2021.

Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada and Hubert Hurkacz of Poland during the doubles semifinal on day 6 of the Rolex Paris Masters, an ATP Masters 1000 tournament held behind closed doors at AccorHotels Arena formerly known as Paris Bercy on November 7, 2020, in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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Felix Auger-Aliassime will not play the ATP Cup 2021

Not playing in the ATP Cup will be a setback for the preparations for the first Grand Slam for Felix. Last year, he was a part of Team Canada with World No. 12 Denis Shapovalov. However, this year, the former World No. 3 Milos Raonic will take his place for the country in the teams-nations tournament.

Additionally, Team Canada has found its place in the toughest group of the draw. They will face Novak Djokovic-led Team Serbia and Alexander Zverev led Team Germany.

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 10: Denis Shapovalov of Canada shakes hands at the net after his straight-sets victory against Milos Raonic of Canada in their third-round match during day six of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 10, 2018, in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The 20-year-old has the opportunity to participate in any two of the ATP tournaments held in Melbourne Park. There will be a total of six events taking place in Australia before the opening major tournament.

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Given his caliber and strong forehand, Felix will aim to spend more weeks in Australia this year. In 2020, he failed to cross the first round of the Happy Slam against Ernests Gulbis.

All in all, there will be a lot of things happening in the coming days. There is also a possibility that the Starship and the Australian Summer will launch on the same day.

Will Felix make a successful run in Grand Slam tournaments this year?

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